Start: Uluru- Kata Tjuta National Park, Valley of the Winds Car Park
Distance: 7.4km full circuit
Time: 3.5- 4 hours
Grade: Moderate- Difficult (Steep in some sections)
Closest Town: Yulara/Ayers Rock Resort (50km away), Alice Springs (500 km away)
Note: Commercial photography is not allowed; a permit is required to enter Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park which costs $25.00 for a three day entry.
A 50km drive from Uluru are the 36 steep-sided conglomerate domes of Kata Tjuta (previously known as ‘The Olgas’ before the official return to the traditional custodians of the land). Kata Tjuta is an Anangu men’s site and is sacred under traditional law.
The Valley of the Winds Walks are a fabulous way to experience Kata Tjuta (which means “many heads”) and take in some spectacular views. There are three options trail options in the Valley of the Winds Walks: to Karu Lookout (at the 1.1km mark); to Karingana Lookout (at the 2.7km mark) and the option of the full circuit.
There are some loose bits, steps and steeps spots but the views are most definitely worth it. There is a track closure point at Karu Lookout which is enforced at 11:00am on days forecasted to be >36 degrees so the early morning walks during hotter months are recommended. Bring water, a hat and sunscreen.
And read more about the cultural significance here: http://www.parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/pub/visitor-guide.pdf